Other Things I Did This Week...

I carved a really sad pumpkin... well if you want to know, this pumpkin started out as a "Missoni inspired pumpkin" with an intricate pattern wrapping around until it wrapped all the way around and I realized I cut it in half. I beheaded my pumpkin. They didn't even let me put it out with the rest.

I also wrote about the sad pumpkin and last minute costume ideas here in my first post for Patch! The pictures in the article are also extremely embarrassing, so that's nice.

I am a lover of belts so I wrote this for The Budget Fashionista on cute belts under ten dollars. Also, as previously mentioned, I have a crush on thigh-high socks right now. They inspired me to write this post on legwear under ten dollars. I'm wearing the ASOS Over the knee socks from that post this weekend.

Lastly, in the chance that you might happen to live in Agoura Hills and need something to do this weekend I came up with a weekend agenda for you here. My friends are going to murder me for including a picture I put there.

Have a spooky Halloween ghouls and guys (been waiting to use that one).

PS somewhere in the world this happened:

She took long lashes to a new level. 

PPS, this is what happened to me last Halloween in NYC.
I did not know that person, obviously.

Daily Quote Dose

"'Tis now the very witching time of night, When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out Contagion to this world." -William Shakespeare

Image via MFAMB Home 

Hey... I'm Not Going To Judge You

1. If you expect your girlfriends to be honest, but expect your boyfriend to always tell you your butt looks great in those jeans.

2. If you eat the cheese off the wrapping of your In N Out burger... it's that good.

3. If you have to change the font from blah Times New Roman in order to get your creative juices flowing.

4. If you feel slightly badass when you leave the gas station without pressing whether or not you want a receipt.

5. If you bought your Halloween candy a week in advance... but had to purchase more the day before Halloween... Halloween ghosts ate it...duh.

6. If you're team Swift no matter what the real situation was. I hate you John Mayer and Joe Jonas... I hate you!

7. If the only glue you own is false eyelash glue.

8. If you've ever searched for your cell phone when you were on it.

9. If you feel slightly connected to a car when you drive next to it for an extended period of time... that honda and I spent an hour together! I'll miss it!

10. If you're just a mean person without carbs.


Daily Quote Dose

"Life is like a coin.  You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once." -Lillian Dickson


Daily Quote Dose

"Where there is no imagination there is no horror."  -Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.

Image via MFAMB Home 

MAXImum Glam

I've already mentioned my obsession with maxi skirts and dresses, but everywhere I turn (and click) they keep catching my eye! I just can't get enough of the glamorous hippie vibe. I think I was born in the wrong era. Just call me Jen-nay, as in, "Run Forrest Run!" (minus that little drug use phase and subsequent unflattering death at the end).

It's "me!" Peace, love and middle parts.
Anyways, I'm particularly fond of these floor length pieces worn with rough boots, chunky sweaters, vests, and leather bomber jackets. I picked up the leopard print (I know, I know... again with the complex) maxi directly below from H&M and I can already tell she and I are in the beginning of what will be a splendid relationship. We already survived a night of many spilled vodka sodas and colossal frizz-your-hair-beyond-repair rainfall. Enjoy these images that showcase the variety of ways to do the maxi.

Image 1 & 6 via Where Did U Get That; Image 2 & 4 via Style.com; Image 3 & 7 via The Sartorialist; Image 5 via All The Pretty Birds


Daily Quote Dose

"We are all worms, but I do believe I am a glowworm." – Winston Churchill

Image via Audrey Hepburn Complex


On My Mind Monday

Listening to: Lizz Wright- I Idolize You



On my To Do List: Handcraft Halloween costume; find perfect pair of cropped leather booties.


Reading (... or looking at): Photographer Terry Richardson's diary.

On my Social Agenda: This party at the Vanguard Friday night. I will be wearing a wig and answering to a not-yet-determined different name.

Inspired By: Annie Hall's black turtleneck layered under long bohemian dress look.

On My Mind: Where do bees go when it's raining? I thought of my own answer: they go into hive-ernation... cue silent room/crickets.

Daily Quote Dose

"Halloween was confusing. All my life my parents said, 'Never take candy from strangers.' And then they dressed me up and said, 'Go beg for it.' I didn’t know what to do! I’d knock on people’s doors and go, 'Trick or treat.' 'No thank you.'"- Rita Rudner

Image via MFAMB HOME


Other Things I Did This Week...

I happily wore cozy fur coats and sweaters and listened to the rain.

I wrote this article for The Budget Fashionista. Finding cute, non-itchy stuff under twenty dollars is harder than you would think...

I ate at Blue Table in Agoura and I liked it... get Ellen's Special.

I also wrote this article for The Budget Fashionista on femme finds for under TEN dollars.

I went to dinner at Chaya in Venice. I liked it and the table of men next to us liked laughing at our conversation. I was told we sounded like this:

I didn't know what that meant at the time but now I am laughing.
The End.

Happy Weekend. XX

Daily Quote Dose

“If more of us valued food, and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

Image via Once Wed


Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn?

One of my favorite blogs, A Lovely Being, recently turned me on to a Vanity Fair quiz in honor of Pamela Keogh's new book Are You a Jackie or Marilyn? Quiz + two icons + a sassy illustration = I couldn't help myself.

Turns out I'm a Marilyn (shocker). Which of these two fabulous ladies are you?

Daily Quote Dose

"Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn." - Elizabeth Lawrence

Image via Aubrey Rd

Animal Print Complex

Animal prints are nothing new... I wore leopard velvet bell bottoms in second grade (here's looking at you Limited Too). But despite their longstanding existence they always manage to get me! Leopard, giraffe, zebra, you name it, I am obsessed with it- in every capacity. Here are some inspiring images to help you tap into your savage style.  

Image 1 by All The Pretty Birds, Image 2 & 4 via This Is Glamorous,  Image via 5 Design Sponge, Image 7 via A Lovely Being


Daily Quote Dose

“Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish." -John Jakes


Daily Quote Dose

 "If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she's late? Nobody."  -J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye

Tuesday's Top 10; Top 10 Things To Like About High Heels

1. They always fit, even on your I feel-like-a-beached-whale-that-just-ate-a-bag-of-doritos days.

2. They transform an outfit from stumpy-frumpy to come-hither kitten.

3. They're absolutely necessary and can always be fiscally justified. This is not Pam Anderson/Britney Spears' world... you cannot go barefoot... and you definitely cannot go barefoot while eating cheetos in a gas station.... (I'm craving chips today?...)

4. They look pretty lined up in your closet.

5. They're easier to try on than clothing.

6. They look great with nothing else on...

7. They're slenderizing- they make the legs look lengthy and the bum look high and tight.

8. They help little people attain average height.

9. In theory, men can buy them for you without looking awkward. I'd marry any guy who was thoughtful enough to pick up some Louboutins for me on his way home from work... sigh.

10. They're good weapons (stilettos are seriously sharp and sometimes people are seriously annoying. Put it together and...).

Image 1 via The Guardian


Daily Quote Dose

"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.'"  ~Erma Bombeck


Daily Quote Dose

 "I'm looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can't-live-without-each-other love." -Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

Hey, I'm Not Going To Judge You

1. If your internal dialogue includes rap phrases but you are a white female... example: while in the garage getting a diet coke you internally say-with swagger- "it's got in hot in hurrrr," or "it's hard out there for a pimp."

2. If you've ever made yourself cry watching 90's country music videos on YouTube.

3. If you eat ice cream for breakfast without thinking twice about it.

 4. If you comb your hair into weird styles (Mohawk, Cindy Lou Who) when its dirty... just for fun.

5. If you make your boyfriend's bed every time you sleep over but you rarely make your own (it's all an allusion boys).

6. If you distrust skinny chefs and fat yoga instructors (they're obviously not buyin' what they're sellin').

7. If you mummify your hand before killing a spider.

8. If you miss Britney and Justin in all their matching denim glory.

9. If you ever feel weird walking around naked in front of your dog (they can't tell... right?).

10. If you're still just a little tiny bit afraid of the dark.


Daily Quote Dose

"The story of life is quicker than the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye." -Jimi Hendrix 

Image via Audrey Hepburn Complex

Halloween Costume Contemplations

Since it's already the middle of October I've spent a lot of valuable time thinking about my Halloween costume (in lieu of doing more productive activities). I can obviously go the traditional, slutty here-are-my-boobs french maid or police officer route previously mentioned. But this year I'm thinking of branching out. I took to google for inspiration (side warning: never take your safety setting off moderate on google unless you want to be thoroughly disturbed) and found a few pictures- some of which are options, some of which are just wrong. 

First off, if I am feeling extra hungry Halloween night I might go as one of my favorite foods:

Please note the detail in the soup...I just don't know about her shoe choice here...

Or if I'm particularly thirsty maybe I'll be one of my favorite drinks?

Again with the shoes. Nice pose though. 

If I'm feeling entirely inappropriate I could go here:


This also seems wrong:
I get the point but... having learned from a best friend with a penchant for changing her race every Halloween... might not be a good idea.

If none of these work out, I could just go back to the risque route, maybe add some extra flair like this tasteful lady:
Very Janet Jackson on the cover of Rolling Stone... she might have tied it tighter for some extra "lift" ?

What's your vote? Any other suggestions? Everyone and their mom is going to be wearing Lady Gaga's meat dress but I guess I could just go stock up on steaks at Costco...

Cup of noodles via break.com


Daily Quote Dose

"There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament.” -Henry Van Dyke


Daily Quote Dose

“Style is the perfection of a point of view." -Richard Eberhart

Tuesday's Top Ten; Top Ten Worst Things About Flying

So, don't let the title of this post fool you, I love to fly. I love the excitement of the airport, the TV screen with a never-ending list of destinations, the people watching, the time I spend imagining why every other person is flying to wherever they're flying to (example: guy in skinny jeans is off to surprise his long-distance girlfriend and propose to her in New York City atop a candlelit rooftop... they're always romantic stories, what did you expect?) and most of all I love traveling. Duh.

BUT, sometimes flying is more annoying than a snag in a brand-new pair of tights. And because I brought home a lovely cold with me from my recent flight to San Francisco, I am feeling particularly bitter. So here's my personal list of the top ten worst things about flying.

1. Recycled airplane air... it's a breeding ground for germs and you really only needed to smell that old lady's far-too-floral perfume once, thanks.

2. The line at Starbucks.

3. The 3-1-1 liquid rule for carry-ons. What do you mean I cannot bring my (way too expensive) perfume with me on my weekend jaunt? Don't you realize a woman's outfit is never complete without her signature scent (just ask Coco Chanel)!!

4. The stealthy farter that stinks up the whole freakin' airplane but can never be identified because he is silent but deadly.

5. Personal space invaders: arm rest hogs, the guy in front of you that reclines his head so far back that he's practically in your lap, the lady behind you that puts her un-pedicured foot on your arm rest and thinks that you're not going to notice.

6. Chatty neighbors...nope, I actually didn't want to hear about your neighbor's daughter's c-section complications.

7. Taking your shoes off when walking through security... thinking of all the feet that made the trek before yours is more cringe-worthy than stepping in a fraternity shower sans sandals.

8. The food. It's just too obvious to say that the sodium infused lumps of "food" airlines serve are sub par... but what really gets me is the people that bring stinky homemade entrees to be consumed in flight.

9. The scary airplane toilet bowls. Flush that puppy and it feels like you're going to be sucked out of the plane's jet.

10. Baggage charges. High heels are heavy and they take up space. This is an unfair attack on women... obviously.

What do you think travelers? Anything I forgot?

Image 1 via dimbulb.net, Image 3 via Jaunted.com